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About Lombardy

The Lombardy region of Italy offers many terrains to travel from high mountain passes to its Lakes Region. There is a variety of large cities and quaint medieval towns to visit around the region. History and beauty define this charming area of the country.

Lombardy Weather: The temperatures around the region vary, but the warmest months are July and August with average temperatures between 28 to 32 degrees C. In the winter, the cooler weather can range between lows of 6 to 9 degrees C.

Regional Cuisine of Lombardy: Saffron risotto, cotoletta alla Milances, cabbage cassoulet, pizzoccheri, sbrisolona

Regional Wine of Lombardy: Grumello, Inferno, Sassella della Valtellina

Things to Do in Lombardy: Bormio spas, Milan Cathedral, Villa del Balbianello, San Michele Maggiore

Where is Lombardy? Lombardy is located in the northern central region of Italy, and it shares borders with Switzerland.

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Where can I go skiing in Lombardy?

The northern portion of Lombardy is skiing country. It’s the Alps after all! Just be careful out there – if you get lost on those slopes, you’ll probably end up in Switzerland…

Here are a few of the ski resorts in the region that we love:

Valchiavenna – 60km of classic alpine slopes. The towns of Madesimo and Chiavenna are great places to stay.

Valmalenco – Head here for nighttime skiing in the immense snow park. Good towns for accommodation are Sondrio and Chiesa.

The Alta Valtellina area is a made up of 4 ski zones, each of them vast. Livigno is the biggest, Bormio has the added bonus of thermal spas and Santa Caterina Valfurva is where the pros go to train. As for families, they go to Valdidentro.

Val Camonica is another area neatly divided up into zones. The biggest is Adamello with over 100km of pistes and its very own glacier meaning it’s possible to ski well into early summer. One thing we really recommend is the views of the Lago d’Iseo. For that, head to Alpiaz and Monte Campione.

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Lombardy: 2 lakes separated 200 km and thousands of unique views

  • Day 1 morning: If you want a breathtaking view of the entire lake, take the funicular railway towards Brunate and enjoy the view of the lake from above.
  • Day 1 afternoon: Take the ferry and visit the picturesque lakeside villas and fantastic gardens at Bellagio or Menaggio, such as Villa Melzi D’Eril in Menaggio.
  • Day 1 Aperitivo: Where’s the best aperitivo (pre-dinner drink) in Como? Definitely at the Divino, where you won’t only find the usual finger food.
  • Day 2 Morning: Rent a car and go to Sirmione, where you’ll find thermal baths and a fantastic view of Lake Garda.
  • Day 2 Afternoon: Visit the castle and caves at Catullo.
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    Luca was born in Milan although his parents are from Salerno in Southern Italy. He’s very proud of his family origins, but feels 100% Milanese given that he’s lived in Milan for the last 24 years. He’s lived in Holland for 1 year, 8 months in Spain, and has lived in Rome for the last year and a half.

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    Why I love Lombardy

    Driving around Lake Como in the Lombardy Region reminds me to enjoy the beauty of nature.

    Magnificent natural views are around every corner when driving around Lake Como and stopping at the many charming towns or viewing the island that sits in the lake, Isola Comacina.

    One of my favorite memories of Lake Como is journeying into the hills after visiting Castello di Vezio, and my friend insisted that we had to pull over immediately. I stopped right away, afraid something was wrong, but instead I was treated to the most amazing view of Lake Como with its island framed by hills on the other side. After that, it was hard to keep my eyes on the road instead of the scenery.

    About the author

    As a writer with a passion for travel, Marie makes as many trips as possible to Italy, exploring new towns and provinces with an eye for fun and relaxation.

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    Things worth remembering in Lombardy

    Fun Fact: Many emperors came to Lombardy to be named king, including Charlemagne and Napoleon.

    Local Dishes: With so many different influences, the food is varied, but don’t miss the opportunity to try a local risotto dish or one of the amazing cheeses like Gorgonzola.

    Local Day Trips: Milan is the capital city and a great place to spend a day. Enjoy some of the best shopping around, or see the Sforza Castle.

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    What is a good itinerary for a trip in the Lombardy region?

    Start out in the capital city of Milan, spending some time at the Santa Maria delle Grazie before traveling on to the small city of Varzi to visit the Tempio della Fraternita before dinner.

    Spend the second day driving through the valleys of Staffora and Trebbia before arriving in the medieval town of Bobbio. While exploring the town, take some time out to visit the old Roman bridge and the 1,400-year-old monastery.

    Enjoy a final day at the Triangolo Lariano around stunning Lake Como, which is home to the towns of Menaggio and Bellaggio. You will even have the opportunity to cross part of the lake on a ferry.

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    What are the top things to see and do in Lombardy?

    In Milan at the Santa Maria delle Grazie is the famous fresco "The Last Supper" painted by Leonardo da Vinci. This iconic painting of the Christian faith has been portrayed in books and movies. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site that requires plenty of conservation due to the tempera used to paint the mural.

    In the city of Cremona is the second-tallest brick tower in Europe. The Torrazzo, a cathedral bell tower, is 112.7 meters tall and is the oldest surviving bell tower.

    In Monza, pay a visit to the Villa Reale, a former royal residence of the Archduke Ferdinando d’Austria, which was built in the 18th century in the neoclassical style.

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